PF14 Artist Snapshot: Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish present “The King and The Corpse”

NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of Lynne Cullen and Kurt Kish – bringing their engaging blend of storytelling and music to PortFringe for the second time.

Artist: Lynne Cullen & Kurt Kish
Show: The King and The Corpse
Description: “How did I get here?” That’s what King Vikram asks himself in this 1,000-year-old tale from Northern India. The king must trudge through a graveyard with an animated corpse on his back. The lively corpse offers a series of paradoxical stories to the king… and if he does not answer, his head will explode! Told by Lynne Cullen with a Bollywood-style electric guitar score arranged and played by Kurt Kish, this is a journey of adventure, horror… and enlightenment.

Tell us something we might not know about you/your company and your PortFringe show.

Kurt: I have interjected elements of Death/Doom Metal into the musical score.
Lynne: In some ways, this is a “buddy picture”. I can hear the voiceover now:  “One’s a King. One’s an animated corpse.”

What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?

Kurt: The variety of artistry
Lynne: Following my little chart of “must-see” shows all over Portland.

Lobster or Steak? Discuss.

Kurt: Steak- ‘cuz , ummm… I don’t know.
Lynne: Lobster. You never bite into gristle when you’re eating a crustacean.


Thursday, June 26 at 7:00pm – Geno’s Rock Club (21+)
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00pm – Geno’s Rock Club (21+)

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